Wednesday, October 29, 2014

{week in the life] tuesday | 2014

Welcome to my Tuesday! I had a really laid back day but managed to take a few photos for Week In the Life. What about you? Anyone else enjoying this challenge? XO

Some thoughts on my photos from today:

  1. I like to use the mandolin for slicing up the granny smith apples for my German pancakes.
  2. Using the kitchen more lately, and really love that my Caphalon dishes can go in the oven.
  3. Steam rising from my lunch (German pancake with apples and cinnamon).
  4. The puppies wear sweaters outside when it rains so cleaning and drying them off is easier.  Still think this skull sweater is too cute!
  5. More from the kitchen.  Putting some of my Pyrex to good use.
  6. Watching "It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" while sorting my laundry.  Charlie Brown forever!
  7. Ryan enjoying taco salad with homemade ranch dressing for dinner again tonight.
  8. Some sweet delicate raindrops.  The sun came out in the early afternoon and then it rained a lot.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

{week in the life} monday | 2014

I decided to follow along with Ali Edwards in documenting my Week In The Life and took a few photos of my Monday. In general it wasn't my favorite day ever, but I got through it and am hoping for a better tomorrow. I didn't get as many photos as I'd like, so I'll probably tell a couple stories that are only journaling and I'm okay with that too. I do really love the photos I did end up taking though. XO

Some thoughts from my day:
  1. Trying something new for breakfast.  Gluten free granola with unsweetened vanilla almond and coconut milk.  It was good.  Right now I like to watch House Hunters International on the DVR while I eat my first meal of the day.
  2. My poor attempt at having myself be in a photo.
  3. Ponyo standing at his watchdog perch with a piece of grass sticking out of his mouth.
  4. Trader Joes (pumpkins) for groceries to make a taco salad for dinner.  Also my first attempt at homemade ranch dressing.  Yum.
  5. Baby doctor appointment.  It took longer than normal but went well.
  6. There are still a few bright yellow leaves left on the trees outside the doctor's office.  They are still lovely.
  7. Another pumpkin photo from Trader Joes.  I didn't put up any fall decorations this year, so seeing this bit of autumn is so cheerful.
  8. Gatsby finding the sunshine that still shows up during these bright autumn afternoons.

Monday, October 20, 2014

{batch card making} halloween 2014

Hello Everybody! So today I finally get to share my Halloween cards for this year!! I used the beautiful FREE Studio Calico Fall Printable Poster on the inside of my cards, and you can download yours HERE.

Below is the process video for my cards:

I did slightly alter the free printable by shrinking it down and re-coloring it in Photoshop. One design is more pinks to match the pink neon ghosts, and the other is more blues and green to match the blue and green neon ghosts : )

I designed the BOO! die cut in Photoshop and cut it out using my Silhouette Cameo. Since I was able to cut out 6 die cuts per 12x12 sheet of paper, it helped a lot with my batch card making. Also, the whole idea of making a bunch of the same cards at once usually starts with a cute pack of embellishments (like the ghosts I used for these). Having multiples of the same embellishment is great, but depending on what it is I tend to only need one or two.  Having extra is usually what inspires the urge to use up my stash and make a bunch of cards all at once ; )

Plus, I am a sucker for anything cute!  And the Studio Calico printable is beyond perfect for adding the perfect feeling of autumn!!  Hope you enjoy!  XO

Thursday, October 16, 2014

{autumn recipe} german pancake with apples & cinnamon


Serves 2-4

  • 2 granny smith apples, cut into slices (I left the skin)
  • 1/4 cup turbinado raw cane sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (GF: use brown rice flour)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 5 tablespoons salted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 425° F. Make sure the oven rack is in the middle of your oven.
  2. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine eggs, salt, flour, milk, and vanilla extract and beat until batter is smooth.
  4. In a 10" ovensafe pan (I used Calphalon) or a cast-iron skillet melt butter over medium heat, tilting pan to cover sides. 
  5. Add apples and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon mixture. Stir and then remove from heat (if you let the apples cook too long they will become very soft/mushy in the oven).
  6. Pour prepared batter over the apples into the baking pan. 
  7. Place pan in preheated oven and bake approximately 20 minutes or until puffed up and lightly browned (it may puff irregularly in the center); remove from oven (the pancake will begin to deflate).
  8. Serve warm, cut into quarters.
To Make This Gluten Free:  I replaced the all purpose flour with the same amount of Bob's Red Mill Brown Rice Flour.  It didn't puff up quite as much as regular flour, but was still really yummy.  I've made it a few times now and Ryan always comments on how delicious it is!

Notes:  I left the skin on the apples and liked it a lot.  However, traditionally you'd peel the skin off.  I've also tried this recipe with a little more of the cinnamon sugar mixture for when I have a sweet tooth, but another option is just adding powered sugar on top.  Most of the time it's plenty sweet without anything extra though.

Hope you enjoy this lovely autumn treat! I'm using apples or pumpkin something in almost all my recipes the last couple weeks and it feels so festive!!  I also have been loving all the colorful leaves and crisp air around here so I snapped a couple pics of my front yard.  Happy autumn days to you!! XO

*The graphics added to my pics (other than the first one) are from Studio Calico's Underground Digital Scrapbook Kit Stamps and Underground Background Cut File by Paige Evans.